So here it is. Thanks to all who’ve been involved with dancing maps. It won’t finish as a project, but I won’t be writing the blog for a bit – need some time to find something to say before saying more. Also it will be clear from this past week that I’m having some difficulty finding time to do this, so I can’t carry it on at this pace indefinitely – have to get on with the rest of my job…
I have enjoyed doing this though. It’s very different to making notes in my own notebook (I make lots of scribbley notes as an aid to thinking) – the fact that it was being published, and that some people have been favouriting it on twitter for example, has provided an excellent incentive to keep writing something each day, to prioritise reflection, and that has been a very useful thinking space.
On the other hand, the fact that there is such a lot of chatter on the internet, so many other blogs, tweets etc., relieves some of the pressure that I thought I would feel in publishing a daily blog – it’s not as exposing as it might seem because, as with urban living, it’s really easy to get lost in the crowd (though, like everything else on the internet, who knows what afterlives the blog posts will have…).
In particular, the fact that dancing maps is a project that unfolds through the participation – through the volunteers sending videos and through discussion online and at the live event – has meant that a daily blog could respond and reflect organically on that, as a process, as it happened. It is in that sense much more appropriate than a fully-fledged academic publication, because dancing maps is a participatory project (these are performative maps, and as such they are also participatory maps). And it is appropriate to stop blogging just now, until the project is at a point to solicit a renewed wave of participation. Watch this space – some day soon I’ll ask you again to show me your moves.